Monday, November 5, 2012
Early Society Canadian History
Mother Sallion wanted to get to their new house but she wrote: "The Bishop urged us to remain in Montreal until the day after Christmas. On the twenty-sixth the pastor of St. Jacques sent four small sleighs and two large ones, each driven by a trustee of the church, to fetch us and our baggage....The sleds made wonderful rapidity over the ice. Out of the thirty-six miles, we made twenty-four on the St. Lawrence and the Assumption River. Reaching St. Jacques, we went first to the church, where we found Father Pare, the pastor, awaiting us."
The account continues to talk about how warm the house was with four enormous stoves in full blast and another one in the kitchen. "There is not much furniture in the house as yet, but we have the essentials, and the rest is being made at a shop in the village...The convent was a surprise to the religious who came with sme, it is so well built and convenient...We have all kinds of provisions..."
The boarding school opened on January 2, 1843; they began with three and had sixty by September and the day school soon had 150!